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IMAGE: Lee A. Learman, M.D., Ph.D., a leading obstetrician/gynecologist and senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education and Academic Affairs and a professor at FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, is lead… view more 

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released new recommendations on screening for cervical cancer. These latest recommendations continue the trend of decreasing participant burden by lengthening screening intervals, making the “annual Pap” a historical artifact. Since its introduction 75 years ago, exfoliative cytology commonly known as the Pap test has been the “gold-standard” screening test for cervical cancer.

In the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the USPSTF, an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention, updates its 2012 recommendations for cervical cancer screening with one important addition. This is the first time the USPSTF has recommended a method of cervical cancer screening that does not include the Pap test.

A leading obstetrician/gynecologist Lee A. Learman, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education and Academic Affairs and professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, is lead author of an editorial in this JAMA issue. Learman and co-author Francisco

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